I hadn't had a full out anxiety attack in months - I'm pretty aware of what things might set me off, and I'm careful to take my medications prior to expected events. So, I freak out, but I don't actually have an attack and can calm down with some work. As a side not, I'm … Continue reading Can We Please Not Do That Again: Anxiety Edition
(I know you may not agree!) I have rapid cycling Bipolar I, and my swings last upwards of two weeks, two and a half weeks, tops. My husband has depression, and he has had it for as long as I've known him. When I was a teenager and first became Bipolar, my swings started out … Continue reading Why Rapid Cycling Bipolar Is Easier Than Depression
(Friends don't let friends drink and blog.) So, I made the mistake of asking my in-laws over for a bonfire. And by bonfire, I was thinking of a small fire in the fire pit, which we have done before with no difficulties or drama. (I might note that I am typing this QUITE drunkenly, and … Continue reading Bonfire Disagreements
I swear, not even two days after I scheduled my last tornado post, we had YET ANOTHER tornado warning. This time, the weather was bad enough that I preemptively got under the table in the basement with the dog, (although my husband refused), and all the while it was going on we could hear wind … Continue reading More on Tornadoes
So, I have anxiety. I take a medication for it, and my husband is aware and often helps reassure me when my brain gets stuck in a loop. It's free floating, so it attaches to whatever I focus on, whether or not there is actually a problem. It's terrible in person as I know I'm … Continue reading Awkward Interactions on the Internet
(And you LOST ONE?!?) I had myself a mini-crisis yesterday. You see, I wear Silver Ring Splints daily. They look like this: And this: And I'm losing weight. And losing weight makes my fingers smaller. At some point yesterday, I lost THE MOST IMPORTANT splint, the pointer finger tip in my writing triad. You know, … Continue reading Those Splints Cost HOW MUCH?
(And did they really want to hear about the frog that you washed with your laundry as a kid?) For years, I've struggled with inadvertently hurting, offending, or annoying people with off-hand comments and derailments of the conversation, especially when I'm hypomanic or manic. But, really, it's a problem all the time. At best, it … Continue reading Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?
So, there's an elephant in my living room lately, one you're probably not aware of or thought was a sofa or something because you're new, but I assure you it's an elephant. Or maybe a giraffe? Large, stinky, and hard to ignore, that's what it is. One Acronym. SSDI. Social Security Disability Insurance. As in … Continue reading SSDI: The Elephant in the Room